Simulating disaster

Posted by
On November 16, 2017

The Missouri S&T black team competes in the mine rescue competition hosted at the Missouri S&T Experimental Mine. Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

For the past 35 years, professional mine rescue teams from across the country have descended on Missouri S&T’s Experimental Mine for a competition that is both friendly and a matter of life and death.

The simulated mine emergency provides many of its industry participants with the opportunity to practice in a real-world setting they can’t replicate back home.

“With a rescue situation, the last thing you want to do is figure out what to do in the midst of an emergency,” Anna Hui, director of the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, told the Rolla Daily News while observing the event. “Competitions … like this allow for teams to drill, so that when an emergency comes, it’s just second nature on how to respond.”

A pair of Missouri S&T student teams competed alongside the pros, with one S&T squad finishing at the top of the first-aid portion of the event and fourth in the competition’s field portion. The event attracted two dozen teams from companies including Mississippi Lime, Doe Run, Martin Marietta and Vulcan Materials.

mm
Posted by

On November 16, 2017. Posted in Around the Puck, Fall/Winter 2017, News

Recent Posts

Celebrating 150 Years

Celebrating 150 Years

From hardscrabble, “country academy” roots, how we became a global research university Rolla in [...]
Innovation, the Rolla way

Innovation, the Rolla way

Since our founding, S&T and innovation have been tightly connected. From advances in materials,[...]
Keeping history alive

Keeping history alive

Several authors have written history books about S&T, but no tome can contain all the informati[...]
New book chronicles university's history

New book chronicles university's history

Larry Gragg, Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor emeritus of history and political science, [...]
What lies ahead for S&T's next 150 years?

What lies ahead for S&T's next 150 years?

 As Missouri S&T launches its 150th anniversary celebration, the world continues to recove[...]